بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Tomorrow, Muslims around the world will celebrate مَولِد النَّبِي (mawlidu n-nabiyyi), the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (عليه السلام).
It is a public holiday in many Muslim countries, and we remember the Prophet in prayer and as we gather to celebrate with our families and exchange gifts.
In the Holy Quran we read: 5:82 - تَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُم مَّوَدَّةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَصَارَىٰ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَانًا وَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ -
The nearest to the (Muslim) believers are those who say: “We are Christians”, because among them are priests and monks, and they are not proud.
What if our faith in the One God could reveal our common humanity and our shared unity as believers?
The Prophet’s deep respect for believers of other faiths can inspire us in these days of suspicion, intolerance and prejudice between believers.
Let us see one another – believers in God – as brothers and sisters, and as valued friends, neighbours and classmates.